This Ao Dai is 189m long, which is studded with stones and embossed with 468 Vietnamese antique motifs.

Designer Hoang Ly draws inspiration from ancient motifs in the 17th century’s carved architecture style in combination with pearl mosaics on Thai Tuan silk.

A group of 15 designers and artisans from Thuong Tin district spent five months to complete the gown, with the final outcome weighing up to 200 kilos.

Designer Hoang Ly said that through the dress, artists are keen to highlight and honour the nation’s traditional cultural identity.

Ly and her colleagues planed to bring the Ao Dai around to several popular tourist destinations in Vietnam to promote Vietnamese culture and heritages to both domestic and international friends.

Some photos of the Ao Dai:

Tinh Le